Do you guys ever run into the situation where you see a word ALL the time but never say it out loud so you never really know how it’s actually pronounced, but then you attempt to include it in a casual conversaché and then the person’s like “ohh, did you mean to say _____?” :| and then you crawl back into your corner never to interact with humans ever again.
@jeffrey when I first discovered memes, I thought it was me-mes because they tended to be self-centered or funny things about “me”.
Old boss would say tedious as tee-jus (instead of tee-dee-us) which I later found out is also technically acceptable, but I had to stop her and ask what she was saying.
@jeffrey many years ago, playing MUD games, I kept seeing the word melee. Had no idea what it was… In my head, I kept saying me-lee. I felt so stupid when I heard someone say may-lay, because I had heard That word before, and then it finally clicked in my brain that melee is how it’s spelled.
@jeffrey, a close family member was a very intelligent auto-didact. However, he had never heard the word “segue” pronounced, and it took me forever (pre-Segways) to figure out what the heck he meant by “seg-yoo”
@medz you mean fillings and feelings aren’t the same thing? How about toof vs. tooth? Troof vs truth? Liberry vs. library? You know, I’m going to the dentist tomorrow…I wonder if I’ll have any filling in my feeling?
@Mistmi01 Now that you mention it, “liberry” does bother me; a lot more than most mispronunciations. Mainly because I often hear people that are otherwise pretty intelligent who seem to think that is the correct pronunciation. When I hear Cletus say “skoo” for school, I kind of shrug it off, but when one of my VPs at work says "liberry’, I cringe.
@DrWorm , yes, I know VPs like that as well…on a related topic, if someone doesn’t learn the difference between ‘adverse’ and ‘averse’ I may have to jump off the roof. I think it’s an epidemic. Even sending “commonly misused words and phrases” with that one at the top didn’t help.
My grandmother was notorious for mispronouncing things. To the point where it was charming.
For example, she emphasized the ‘b’ in plumber, saying it exactly as it was spelled. But my favorite of her misspeaks was regarding that line of concrete that divides opposing traffic on the highway? Yep, that was a meteor strip.
do you ever know about a subject being discussed like linguistics and want to contribute but are self-conscious about talking about it because you aren’t sure where to stop because you find it very interesting but other people are only so interested